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Old 01-13-2020, 08:57 PM
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Help phrag with brown leaf tips

What kind of drainage is in the pot? Itís a balancing act bc you want us both wet and airy.

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Old 01-16-2020, 09:35 PM
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Originally Posted by littleflower View Post
Iíve researched this problem with differing views.....too much salt (I use tap water) vs not enough humidity. I think I may be underwatering, usually 2x/wk but soil dies get dry. Ideas? Itís my only phrag and it simply isnít thriving.
Also - depending on the media being used - waterlogged media could create issues.

I grow Phrag Grouville and Phrag Elizabeth Castle in scoria. And I grow various Paphs - all in scoria too. 100% scoria. They are all growing excellently. I think they can all handle drying out of their roots. But maybe don't leave them dry for too long, as these orchids don't have pseudobulbs obviously.

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Originally Posted by littleflower View Post
Thank you! Do you water every day? Iíve heard people placing the orchid in a saucer with water and pebbles, not quite sure how to do that
I water my phrags every morning. I use 5 mm average diameter scoria pieces in very good drainage opaque plastic pot. I just water the media only. The water drains right though. The scoria dries at some rate, and the media inside the pot - such as in the middle and bottom of the pot - may still be moist on the following morning. In any case, I haven't seen any issues when the media in the whole pot becomes dry. But as mentioned already - just don't allow the roots to become bone dry for relatively long periods of time (eg. 2 days, especially in really low humidity areas) and everything should be ok.

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Old 06-01-2020, 08:59 AM
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I have observed that when I brush an alcoholic cinnamon decoction on the brown part of the leaf tips it stops its development. So I guess it is a fungal attack on the tender ends of the leaves. Try this and keep us posted. Similar observations where also made by phraggy using diluted Domestos (bleach) long ago.

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